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W.O. Smith

Born: 8/9/1937

Died: 1/11/2001

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

W.O. Smith, 63, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Oklahoma, passed away January 11, 2001 at his home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born August 9, 1937 in Ti Valley, Oklahoma to W.S. and Naomi (Anderson) Smith. His mother was an original Choctaw enrollee. W.O. attended Tuskahoma School and after graduating joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as an aircraft mechanic. In 1985, he moved to Branenton, Florida to be with his dad until his death that same year. Mr. Smith met his wife in 1989 in Sarasota, Florida. They did a lot of traveling together and returned to her home state of Maine in 1994. He was then hired by L.L. Bean, where he remained until his illness. He took great pride in his position as a Quality Assurance Auditor.

Mr. Smith was an avid acoustic guitar player and country/blues singer. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and watching car races. Most of all he loved to spend time with family and friends. He shared his talents of singing and playing guitar by volunteering at a local nursing home. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

A member of the Choctaw Nation, he was planning to retire in Oklahoma. Whenever possible, he returned to his Grandpa’s house where he often shared memories with family and friends about his youth. In his soft-spoken quiet manner he would tell tales of school friends, family and Choctaw ways. Upon visiting Oklahoma, close friends and family would welcome him with his favorite Choctaw dish, Pashofa, and cornbread. Mr. Smith was very proud of his Native American heritage.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen od Brunswick; a son, Billy Don Smith of Arizona; a daughter, Linda Knight of Poteau, Oklahoma; a sister, Nelma E. Nelson of Plano, Texas; two grandsons, three step-daughters of Maine, seven stepgrandchildren of Maine and nieces and nephews of Texas.

His wife would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Ed Tackett for his kind help and support and Dee King for his thoughtful generosity.

W.O. Smith